Update - August 7, 2020

Commencement 2020 Update

Dear UE Community,

Earlier today, I announced in my Friday Wrap the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement that was scheduled for September 19, 2020 until May of 2021. This decision did not come lightly but was impacted by the current trends in the COVID-19 virus across the nation, as well as Governor Eric Holcomb’s current Executive Order, which limits the number of attendees to 250. Although the Executive Order is due to expire on August 27, it is expected that the Executive Order will be extended or modified. We recognize that the date is getting much closer, and we simply did not want to disappoint our 2020 Graduates with a delay at the last minute. Every graduating class at UE deserves their special day, and we are committed to ensuring this happens.... even if we must wait a few months. Commencement is not canceled – just postponed so that we can properly celebrate in person in May of 2021. We will be working with the Student Government Association leadership from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 to determine whether this will be a combined or separate Commencement ceremony. We very much look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

We still want to make September 19 a special day. Be sure to mark your calendars! The University will move forward with a special Virtual Graduate Recognition Day on September 19, 2020. Each graduate will be recognized individually, and the virtual celebration will honor the achievements of the Class of 2020. More details to come for the Virtual Graduate Recognition Day and the newly planned Commencement Exercises for May of 2021.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
University of Evansville

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